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Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Services for Architects

By : John Savill
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Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Services for Architects

By: John Savill

Overview of this book

With Microsoft Azure challenging Amazon Web Services (AWS) for market share, there has been no better time for IT professionals to broaden and expand their knowledge of Microsoft’s flagship virtualization and cloud computing service. Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Services for Architects: Designing Cloud Solutions helps readers develop the skills required to understand the capabilities of Microsoft Azure for Infrastructure Services and implement a public cloud to achieve full virtualization of data, both on and off premise. Microsoft Azure provides granular control in choosing core infrastructure components, enabling IT administrators to deploy new Windows Server and Linux virtual machines, adjust usage as requirements change, and scale to meet the infrastructure needs of their entire organization. This accurate, authoritative book covers topics including IaaS cost and options, customizing VM storage, enabling external connectivity to Azure virtual machines, extending Azure Active Directory, replicating and backing up to Azure, disaster recovery, and much more
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Free Chapter
1
Cover
2
Acknowledgments
3
About the Author
4
Introduction
17
Index
18
End User License Agreement

A Brief Refresher on Active Directory

Active Directory was introduced in Windows 2000 to replace the old domain technology in previous server versions. While the earlier domain implementation “worked,” it had many limitations because it was built on the old SAM database used for local account management. These limitations included only a single writable domain controller, no delegation, no understanding of physical locations, no extensibility, and a 40 MB database size limit. As IT advanced and requirements increased, those limitations were impractical.

Active Directory is a true directory service for modern times:

  • Is based on the IEEE X.500 Directory Services Implementation, providing a hierarchical structure
  • Can be accessed via standard methods, such as LDAP
  • Can store information about all aspects of a business, including applications and resources, not just users
  • Can be modified to include custom attributes via an extensible schema (though care should be taken!)
  • Is...